Yesterday my fear of having a stress fracture was confirmed. Last week I had a bone scan done because x-rays didn’t show anything. I was convinced I didn’t have one and that my issues were muscle related, however I had followed my doctor’s orders and hadn’t run since my race 2.5 weeks ago. I stayed active on the spin bike and have been doing a lot of core work.
During my lunch hour yesterday my doctor called with the results of the test, I did in fact have a stress fracture in my tibia. With the most arrogant tone and worst “bedside manner”* he told me i had to stay off of it for 3 months, 3 months? Everyone else I know, including my sister and my husband, who have had this injury were told 6-8 weeks. Anyways I proceeded to ask questions about how bad it was, activities I could do etc, and he just wasn’t listening to me. Basically I can do anything that doesn’t pound on my leg, good news as I can return to bodypump, spinning classes and start doing yoga, but I”m not so sure I’m satisfied with the information he gave me about healing time.
Anyways, after a long text conversation with my sister, I think I am going to seek a second opinion, I know I have a stress fracture I just don’t think I received adequate information and am currently looking for a new doctor. On a more positive note I am going to use the slow come back to running to really work on my form, since I have been plagued with injuries for the last two years I think I have my work cut out for me.
Have you ever gone to get a second opinion for a new doctor? How did it go?
*I have actually read reviews and know someone who has seen this same doctor and all agreed he was an arrogant jerk, so it’s not just me.